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From the Network: Collaborating for Two-Generation Results


What if a community college, a Head Start center, and a Methodist church worked together towards a common goal? The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham – a new member of the Ascend Network – is testing this question through the development of a new way to harness existing resources in order to strengthen the implementation…

1 + 1 = 3?


Follow @heynisha “It takes a lot of hard work to make something simple, to truly understand the underlying challenges and come up with elegant solutions.” – Steve Jobs At the Aspen Institute, we tackle some of society’s most critical issues, from Middle East peace to climate change to national security to global health and development.…

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Delivering Meaningful Impact with For-Profit Social Enterprise


Follow @MekaeliaD Up until last year, I was President & COO of the apparel company, American MoJo, a for-profit social enterprise (FPSE) based in Lowell, Massachusetts. My brothers and I co-founded the business in 2010 to provide mobility opportunities to single mothers in the US. We were raised by a single mother and were very…

Giving Voice to Young Children


Follow @MekaeliaD   I remember watching “Kids Say The Darnest Things” with my mother and enjoying fits of laughter as young children had ‘serious’ conversations with Bill Cosby. The television show created a space for my mother and me to talk about anything, as the candor of young children gave me the will power to…

Living on the Smallest Paychecks: An Ascend Analysis


Follow @SarahCHaight Can you live on the minimum wage? The New York Times recently posed this question on its website, noting that more than 4.8 million workers now earn the lowest legal pay. The Times presented a calculator for a single childless worker, showing the hard choices that have to be made living on the…